My 19 year old son who has had chronic asthma since he was born had a really bad asthma attack a couple of months ago and I need some help. He had bad asthma for about 3 days resulting from being around too much smoke. He was not taking his corticosteroid inhaler at the time and was just using his ventolin inhaler for relief. He was at a friends and they were drinking some beer. He had taken several (12) puffs over the past couple of hours but couldnâ€™t get relief. He was intoxicated but not severely so he decided to run the 1-1/2 km home. The temperature was near freezing but he is in good physical shape and runs regularly despite having asthma (most of the time his asthma is controlled by preventative medicine). He was almost home when he said everything went black and then he remembers waking up at the hospital. I was at home and decided to pick him up at his friends house because I knew he had to work in the morning and needed a ride home because I drove him out there because he knew that they would be drinking and he couldnâ€™t drive. When I got to his friends they told me that he had already left and I thought I must have just missed him on the grid road. I drove home but he still wasnâ€™t home and then I got worried. I drove back to his friends and saw him on the side of the road. I tried to wake him but I couldnâ€™t. His friends help me load him in the car and I took him to my friends who is a nurse and First Responder. She said that he needed an ambulance, so I call 911. His face was dark around his mouth and his breathing was shallow. His pulse was weak and rapid. Over 170 beats. Three other First Responders came while we waited for the ambulance. His breathing became shallower and suddenly stopped and then his pulse was hard to find. They decided to start CPR. They did CPR for about 4 or 5 minutes when his pulse became stronger and he started breathing shallow again. He tried to cough and gag. They bagged him with oxygen and breathed for him. He started to have seizure-like activity. He would stiffen up, roll over to the side, and stop breathing. He was turning blue and they would give him more oxygen and it would subside. Each seizure lasted for about 6-10 seconds. He had about 4 before the ambulance came. These continued on and off for about 30 minutes. The EMTs told me that they had to breath for him all the way to the hospital and then when he got to the hospital the EMTs said that they could tell he was responsive and started to breath on his own. He had another seizure-like episode in the ER and the EEG said that it was not a seizure. My son soon became responsive and could remember passing out but nothing since. The doctor checked him over for about 5 minutes and by then I got to the hospital and he told me that my son had pseudo seizures and that he was screaming out for help. The EMTs were horrified by his diagnosis and told me to get another opinion. He admitted him to the hospital and in the morning our GP came and said that he wished we would have called him the night before and he agreed that this was not pseudoseizures and that he had a severe asthma attack. During the night his wheezing started (I guess in a severe asthma attack wheezing stops and the breathing muscles give up and canâ€™t breath on their own). Soon after he had another couple asthma attacks and needed medicine and stayed in the hospital for several days before he got better. Please can anyone help me with whether or not these were pseudoseizures because from what I have read about them they need to be looked after by a phsyc. I just find it hard to believe that these were pseudo seizures after having a bad attack like that. Has anyone else ever experienced these hypoxic seizures during an attack?
Thanks in advance. (sorry for the long post)